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October 2015

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Nestbox Making

Many thanks to the members who took part in this event. We met up at Alan and Peter Denyer's house and used their workshop. Between us we had enough scrap wood to make nine boxes, two robin boxes and the rest tit boxes. For those members who could not make it, we are aiming to do some more nest box construction in the coming months, or you could make one or two at home and bring them along to the meeting. We hope to put them up in the New Year around Eastbourne, with the intention to monitor them as a group in the following breeding season.

We need more wood off cuts suitable for boxes. If you have any you're willing to donate, then please contact Peter or myself either at the indoor meetings or via e-mail, peterdenyer@outlook.com or mikelight@tesco.net.

Michael Light and Peter Denyer

Monday, 19 October 2015

Short-eared owl sitting on the ground

September Birds in the Eastbourne Area

With the exception of a great white egret at Pevensey Levels, most of the more interesting sightings took place on the coast between Newhaven, where an osprey flew over Tidemills, and Beachy Head, where another osprey flew over the hotel. A honey buzzard was also seen at Beachy Head, and so was a wryneck, although this latter species was then reported further west as far as Seaford.

Other notable birds around Beachy Head were red backed shrike, ring ouzel and short-eared owl. The small pool next to the beach at the Seven Sisters Country Park became the temporary home of a grey phalarope.

The small bird highlight was a firecrest in a Seaford garden, until a yellow browed warbler made an appearance at the Seven Sisters car park. The coast also hosted numerous migratory pied flycatcher, lesser whitethroat and whinchat.

Ian Muldoon, from notes provided by Sedley Underdown

Friday, 9 October 2015

Great tit at birdtable

Nestbox workshop postponed

Alan and Peter Denyer and I are going to start making nest boxes for the group. If anyone has any scrap pieces of wood that would be suitable for making next boxes, or would like to help, then please let me know. I can be contacted on 01323 441169 in the evening.

Michael Light